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Precious memories really are

Ronda Rich's picture

In the tiny country church where I spent most of the first 22 years of my life, where I found the Lord at the age of 11, where, without fail, I had the leading part in every Christmas pageant and where my daddy laid down the law in more ways than one, we sang hymns from a brown songbook and a green one that were filled with the haunting melodies that have penetrated the Appalachians for many decades. Read More»

There are Birds and Birds

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

There are birds and there are birds. We watch them closely in winter because in severe weather, faithful bird feeders can actually make a difference between life and death.
And there are those (like Dave) who go out in the meanest wind and consistently keep their feeders topped off with suet and peanut butter, which fuel the furnaces in their tiny bellies and get them through just one more night, and then one more, and again one more. Read More»

Bishop Bernard Njoroge

David Epps's picture

I read a few days ago that my denomination’s senior bishop in Africa, The Most. Rev’d Bernard Njoroge is retiring. He will be stepping down as a member of the International Patriarch’s Council, as General Secretary of Kenya, and as the Bishop of Nairobi. The bishop shared that he would be entering into a deeper life of prayer and contemplation.

I first met Bishop Njoroge in late summer 1998. I was part of a mission trip that would take our team to both Kenya and Uganda for three weeks. Read More»

Tax drooling time

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Fred warned me for an entire year this would happen. Did I listen to him? Nope, and now I’m paying the price.
It’s tax time again, and the next few weeks will be spent by yours truly pulling out his hair — at least whatever is left that Little One hasn’t gotten a hold of.
Running Grumpy Grandpa’s Daycare, running after Little One, and trying to compile taxes all at the same time is ... well, nothing short of taxing. Finding and then reading all the faded receipts from the many stacks of paper someone has piled around our house will be an almost impossible task, even for me, this year. Read More»

Ask Father Paul

Father Paul Massey's picture

Answers to your questions about life, religion and the Bible

The meaning of life?

Dear Father Paul:  I am a 64-year-old man who lately has been obsessed with looking back over my life in search of meaning. As I review the years and decades, I am finding it very hard to find any real meaning for my existence on planet earth. Why was I born … what’s my purpose for being here … what’s the meaning of life … etc? How would you answer these questions?— G. L.
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Playing the Climate Research Game

David Richardson's picture

Perhaps people are either tired of discussing or too embarrassed to discuss the problems of Obamacare, so the cultural conversation is returning to debate climate change.

Advocates intone that 97 percent of peer-reviewed research demonstrates that man-made climate change is a fact. They then assume that there is an overwhelming consensus among scientists, and that it is imperative we do something to save the planet from ourselves.

All this sounds reasonable until you know how the climate research game is played. Read More»

My vision for healthcare

Dr. James Sams's picture

[Editor’s note: Last fall, I attended an informational seminar at Piedmont Fayette Hospital in which Dr. Jim Sams spoke without notes about what he wanted to see happen in healthcare. Afterwards, I asked him to write a column about what he described. Here is that column.]


The tradition and soul of medicine

Fayetteville is home. My Mama and Daddy were old country doctors here in the 1950s, bouncing along on dirt roads to see their patients.
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Storylines emerge in Fayette Vision

Robert Ross's picture

By Bob Ross and Trey Ragsdale

We’d like to personally thank the approximately 160 Fayette citizens who attended the March 5, 2014 Fayette Visioning public meeting at Sandy Creek High School.

Though the Competitive Assessment report was released to the public earlier in the year, this meeting marked the first time the public heard directly from our consulting partner Market Street Services, Inc. about the visioning process stages and the research showing Fayette County’s current economic, demographic and physical characteristics. Read More»

Getting satisfaction

Cal Thomas's picture

Every year we are subjected to lists. Forbes magazine lists the world’s wealthiest individuals. Time magazine lists the most “influential” people, though real influence is difficult to define or quantify.

What I’ve never seen is a list of satisfied people, much less stories about how they attained satisfaction. Read More»

Keep thy word

Ronda Rich's picture

Not long ago, a friend of mine was huffing, puffing and carrying on something awful about an injustice she had recently suffered. She had dealt with someone rather devious and the result was, well, rather devious.

“Rest assured,” I told her with the full confidence of a self-anointed know-it-all, a tone I learned well from Mama. “He will get his comeuppance one day. The score is always settled. Always.” Read More»